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New figures predict Norfolk children will hit key 2014 GCSE target

08:30 18 June 2014

Norfolk County Council assistant director of children services Gordon Boyd said the figures should be taken with a pinch of salt. Photo: Steve Adams

Norfolk County Council assistant director of children services Gordon Boyd said the figures should be taken with a pinch of salt. Photo: Steve Adams

Updated data from Norfolk’s secondary schools suggests GCSE pupils could meet a key county council target this year.

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A report published last week said 58pc were set to gain at least five GCSEs at A*-C, including English and maths, compared the council’s aim of 60pc.

However, the original data concentrated on schools who were performing less well, and the council carried out a one-off survey of the better performing schools, which it said produced the higher figure.

Last year, 54pc of Norfolk pupils aged 16 achieved the government’s gold standard.

Gordon Boyd, assistant director of children’s services, said: “We should take all of that with a pinch of salt. There are predictions and not results.”

However, he said the council checks the data.

The revised data also suggests 78pc of pupils leaving primary schools will reach the level expected, compared to a council goal of 77pc.

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  • Seems the gold standard is not what it was.Over half the entrants are expected to achieve A-C at GCSE , which when it was introduced was meant to be equivalent to a GCE O level-O levels which were only taken by around 25% maximum of the year group-never mind passed. However, well done to Norfolk pupils, especially when reading this article in the light of today's condemnation of the way the system has failed white working class children. As we know, counties like Norfolk and Suffolk, where white children are in the majority but which have pockets of serious deprivation, have been underfunded under the Barnett formula for years and that spending on education has been lower than other parts of the UK for decades.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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